Help with Latin

Reply Wed 17 Dec, 2003 06:06 pm
Not sure of the spelling but I wanted to know what this meant...
Mater o mater intermerata
Sanctus, sanctus, dominus
Virgo respice mater ad spice
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Reply Wed 17 Dec, 2003 08:08 pm

mater is mother
sanctus is holy, sacred
dominus is lord
virgo is virgin
respicio is to look back

Let's see how Princessash approaches it.
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Reply Sat 20 Dec, 2003 02:28 pm
Well I got it. Sort of.
First a better spelling...

Mata amata intemerata
Sanctus, sanctus, dominus
Virgo respice mater adspice

And the translation...

Loving immaculate mother
Holy, holy, Lord
Virgin look back, mother look at the present

That last line doesn't make any sense.
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Reply Sat 20 Dec, 2003 03:38 pm
where did you get these lines from?
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Reply Sun 21 Dec, 2003 02:58 pm
The Sister Act version of Hail Holy Queen (Salve Regina). I think they may have gotten it from a different song or prayer because the actual real version doesn't have those lines.
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Facta Cibus Viatorum
Reply Tue 27 Sep, 2005 11:11 pm
I know this is an ancient topic, but I couldn't help answering. I had to locate and translate this the hard way, so maybe I can save someone some trouble.

They're lines from the Latin hymn "O Sanctissima."


Mater o mater intermerata
Sanctus, sanctus, dominus
Virgo respice mater ad spice

is better (as in, 'correctly') transliterated as

Mater amata intemerata
Sanctus, sanctus Dominus
Virgo respice; mater adspice.

That would translate to approximately:

Mother loving and pure
Holy, holy Lord
Virgin look back; Mother; look at us.
mater immaculata
Reply Thu 10 Dec, 2020 10:43 pm
@Facta Cibus Viatorum,
Mater amata, intemerata,
Sanctus sanctus Dominus
(Mother loving and fearless,
Holy Lord)
Virgo respice mater adspice
Sanctus sanctus Dominus
(Look virgin mother singed
Holy Lord)
or if you just add a coma it becomes
Virgo respice mater, adspice
Sanctus sanctus Dominus
which means
Look virgin mother Look!
Holy Lord

in the real song, Sanctus Sanctus Dominus is replaced by
"Ora Ora pro nobis" which means "Pray pray for us."
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